Coming to Keystone in the summer is a family tradition. We bring 4 generations of family from grandparents to little kids. We stay in one of SummitCove Lodging’s large, beautiful homes, this summer it was the Keystone Grand Lodge #633. We always plan group activities but with varied age groups and interests, we have found it challenging to find an activity that everyone wants to do and can do. However, this summer we found the perfect outing for everyone in our family! Big Ed’s Fishing Ventures! We have a bunch of fisher people in the family and a few that have never fished at all. The wonderful part about Big Ed’s is they had a boat big enough for all of us and for the family that did not want to fish it was only $40.00 for them to come on the boat with us. SummitCove also had a coupon so the kids could fish for free with a paying adult in their summer discount book. It was something everyone in our group could enjoy and afford!
We had a beautiful day on Lake Dillon. The water was calm and the views were amazing! Our fishing guide was fantastic and knew exactly where to take us to catch the most fish. We caught Rainbow and Brown Trout. The kids were delighted with how many fish they caught and the more serious fisher people could not believe the size of the trout. Our non fishing family members said, they would not have missed this day on the Lake and watching everyone catch fish was a highlight. At the end of our fishing trip our guide felt like family and he gave us so much information about the area that we never knew!
In the winter Big Ed’s even offers ice fishing trips! Honestly, I have had zero interest in ever doing this but after spending a day on the lake with Big Ed’s Fishing Ventures there is no way we are not coming back to try ice fishing with them in the winter. It will be the day we rest our ski legs, but still enjoy the Colorado sunshine!
Big Ed’s made our summer trip to Keystone memorable. The photos we took, the fish we caught and the memories we made are some of our favorites from this trip. We look forward to coming back and creating more family memories with Big Ed’s.
When temperatures rise, nothing beats getting out on the water to enjoy warm weather and Colorado sunshine. Here are some of our favorite ways to get out and enjoy our mountain rivers and lakes during the summer months here in Keystone.
SUP Board Lake Dillon
Paddle board amongst massive mountain views and vibrant local wildlife. Stand Up Paddle Colorado has SUP paddling for any skill level! Even kids are welcome to join in on the paddle boarding fun! Beginner SUP Board Paddlers are taken to the Snake River Inlet or around some of Lake Dillon Islands. The beginner tours are around $89 a person for 2.5 hours of Lake Dillon fun. They offer pontoon boat assisted paddle boarding for advanced lake paddle boarding for $130 for 2.5 hours of mountain sunshine fun! Stand Up Paddle Colorado also offers SUP board rentals, that you can take out and use on your own in Lake Dillon. This option only costs $45 for two hours. Many people use the rent on your own option to practice paddle board yoga or to just leisurely enjoy paddle boarding on their own around the scenic Lake Dillon. Take in the views of the majestic Gore Range while paddleboarding with your best pals or have a romantic afternoon on the lake with your special someone!
Guided Fly Fishing Trips
Lake Dillon is known for its 360 degree mountain views, it’s crystal clear water, and its amazing fly fishing capabilities! Mountain Anglers offers all you need for your year-round fishing fun! Take the whole family on a comfortable pontoon charter and catch, Kokanee salmon, rainbow trout, brown trout, and arctic char! Mountain Anglers is stationed in Breckenridge, near headwaters of 5 major rivers, including that Blue River, Eagle River, Colorado River, Arkansas River and South Platte River, as well as a dozen smaller streams and 3 different reservoirs. Whether you have never picked up a fly rod before, or you are an advanced fly fisherman, Mountain Anglers has a tour for you! They offer the equipment for you and have options for 1/2 day or full day, walk / wade, float, beginner, private and all other sorts of trips. Prices start at just $160 per person and all SummitCove guests will receive an extra 10% off guided fishing trips!
Kayak Dillon Reservoir
Looking for a relaxing outing this summer to view beautiful wildlife and scenery? Adventure Paddle Tours is the perfect opportunity to do both! Take their kayak tours around Lake Dillon and experience the beauty of Summit County, Colorado! They offer a series of lake kayaking tours for your friends and family. The tours are all reasonably priced and often bring you some wildlife surprises! There is a bald eagles nest and a great blue heron nest on the route, so most people on their tours get to see at least one of the two, with the addition of the occasional moose! Adventure Paddle Tours has a variety of kayak tours. The most popular tours include: The Sunset Tour, The 4th of July Fireworks Tour, and the island tour. Adventure Paddle Tours is a business that focuses on family tours. Never paddled before? No problem! Adventure Paddle Tours always gives a 15 minute paddling tutorial with a skilled instructor before your voyage out onto the lake! You can also rent kayaks, stand up paddle boards, pontoon boats and more at either of the marinas on Lake Dillon.
Paddle Boat Keystone Lake
Enjoy mountain sunshine without ever having to leave Keystone! The Keystone Adventure Center offers paddle boat, kayak and canoe rentals during the summer months in Keystone. Paddles Boats, Kayaks and Canoes are all only $16 per half hour to rent! Keystone Lake is a medium sized, family-oriented lake surrounded by beautiful mountain views! Take the kids paddling around its magnificent fountain, and never feel overwhelmed or pressed beyond your skill level! They also have an arcade located inside the Adventure Center with a snack bar. Work up an appetite paddling and go inside to fuel up to get back out on the water! The Keystone Adventure Center also has a beach for the kids to play on, equipped with sand toys and shovels and off the shore, fun yard games like oversized checkers. You can also purchase fish food to feed the fish and ducks in the area which kids love. There are also plenty of shops and places to eat around Lakeside Village as well! SummitCove offers lodging in this area, which makes for the ultimate convenience in Mountain fun!
Whitewater Raft Summit County
Whitewater rafting is one of Colorado’s staple attractions. See beautiful canyons, mountains and wild-life while floating down some of the best river stretches in America to raft down! Performance Tours whitewater rafting are the leaders in Summit County rafting tours. They offer a variety of different rafting tours for every skill level and length of tour you could want. Our top tour pick is the Summit Deluxe ¾ day tour. This tour picks up in Frisco or Keystone and offers lunch and views of Browns Canyon. The minimum age for this tour is 7 years old and the minimum weight is 50lbs. This class III + moderate skill level tour will even take to you to view a national monument! Can’t swim? No worries! Performance Tours offers specific tours for people who cannot swim or are more at a beginner level. Every tour begins with a safety lesson and instructions on how to paddle/ sit. There is always a small risk of injury on these tours but feel at ease, all of the instructors are certified in CPR and many have swiftwater rescue certifications and advanced first aid training, with one of the best safety records of all! You and your family will have a blast rafting this summer!
Keystone is a wonderful summertime destination and great place to cool off. Mountain temperatures average around a cool 70 – 75 degrees and there are tons of fun activities to get you out on the water. Book your Keystone summer vacation today with SummitCove Lodging.